Miggi & Ilene, Los Angeles, California
Melanie, & Sadie Rain, New York, New York
Norma & Eyenga
Minneapolis Minnesota (from the Domestic Series)
Melissa & Lake,
Durham North Carolina (from the Domestic series),
1998. Chromogenic print
In 1998, Opie traveled cross-country in her motor home for two months in order to photograph lesbian couples. This series, called Domestic—of which Melissa & Lake, Durham, North Carolina is an example—presents these couples involved in everyday, household activities: relaxing in their backyard, hanging out in their kitchen, playing with their children. There is no sensationalism here. Much like the formal studio portraits before them, these intimate photographs speak both to Opie’s identification with her subjects and to the overwhelming absence of such images in mainstream representations.
Nudo Femminile Su
Italy, circa 1900.
FLASHBACK FRIDAY! every Friday we take a break from contemporary art to bring you some queer art from the past.
This weeks installment:
Guglielmo Plüschow (born Wilhelm Plüschow; August 18, 1852 – January 3, 1930), was A German photographer who moved to Italy and became known for his nude photos of local youths, predominantly males (but also females). Being the cousin of Wilhelm von Gloeden, who, despite taking up nude photography later than Plüschow, soon overshadowed him, Plüschow was several times at odds with the law and charged with corruption of minors. Today, his photography is recognized for its artistic merits, even though it is generally considered somewhat inferior to von Gloeden’s on account of his less graceful handling of lighting and the sometimes strangely stilted poses of his models.
Glenn Ligon’s “One Black Day” is part of his Neon show at Luhring Augustine right now. It will only be turned on election day of this year. Of the piece Ligon says, “Well, it’s a pun.”